Friday, November 30, 2012

American Girl Doll

 It was so neat to meet this amazing 7 year old who raised money to buy the girls who are cancer patients American Girl dolls. We were so honored to be a part of it. We are always so thankful for people like her making a difference in these kids lives. Jaylie and Breklyn were both able to get a doll, they were so excited! Here are the articles and news videos about it! The first article and video shows Jaylie quite a bit and the second one shows our friend Nicole :)

Girl, 7, gives dolls to cancer patients

Link to video:

by Quita Culpepper and Photojournalis Erin Coker / KVUE News
Posted on November 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM
Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 7:41 PM

AUSTIN -- It’s a gift from the heart as a young Austin girl spreads cheer to cancer patients.
Seven-year-old Scarlett Milling spent weeks running her own lemonade stands trying to raise money for her project. And all that hard work paid off.
Jaylee Nielson, also 7, has spent time in the hospital before.
“It just wasn't that fun,” she said. The little girl was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 5.  After surgery, radiation and chemo, she was fine, until now.
“All her scans have been clean except this last one, they found a spot on her bone in her skull so she just had surgery on Friday,” said Kajsa Nielson, Jaylee’s mother.
But this visit to Dell Childrens Medical Center is different, because she’ll be leaving with a new friend – an American Girl doll. “They seem real and I like them,” Jaylee said. “They have long hair.”
The American Girl dolls are a gift from 7-year-old Scarlett Milling. After her mother read her a story about young cancer patients, Scarlett decided she wanted bring smiles to sick children.
“I did three lemonade stands,” she said.
The elementary school student also raised money online.
“I raised 25 hundred dollars,” said Scarlett.
Twenty-five little girls got their own American Girl doll, and there was enough money left over for each of their sisters as well.
“She found out the number of dolls that were needed and she started from there,” Mary Moore, Scarlett’s mother said. “We just watched her do it; we were really impressed with her initiative.”
“I think anything that can lighten their hearts a little bit even if it's an American Girl doll, is a good thing," said Dr. T.J. Milling, Scarlett’s father.
The girls were treated to an American Girl doll fashion show, then they were given dolls of their very own.
“It makes me feel very happy and blessed,” said 8-year-old Princess Gant.
Scarlett says she's already planning her next effort to raise money. She wants to buy more of the dolls to give to girls at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

A girl's mission to spread joy to kids fighting cancer

Link to video:

A brand new doll can cheer up just about any little girl, and one Austin 7-year-old is spreading the joy to some kids at Dell Children's Medical Center who are fighting cancer and blood disorders.
Scarlett Milling decided over the summer that it would be a good idea to raise money to buy dolls for girls her age since she loves the dolls so much. Three lemonade stands and an online fundraising campaign later, she collected $2500 she needed to buy 25 American Girl dolls.
"It will make them happy and they won't be scared anymore," explained Milling just minutes before she got to hand out the dolls. Her parents, Mary Moore and Dr. T.J. Milling couldn't be more proud of their second grader.
"It's a long time for follow through and we're impressed and very proud," said Moore of her daughter.
Scarlett made sure the girls got to pick out their own dolls.
For 5-year-old Nicole Rivera, the doll couldn't have come at a better time. She opened her new gift just hours before surgery. Doctors discovered a plum sized tumor in her brain last year and while she's cancer free, she is still fighting the side effects.
"I was so worried and mom told me to get the doll because I've wanted it forever," Nicole said with a big smile on her face. "I love it."
"It's so great to see other little girls who are caring about her," said Nicole's mom, Christy.
Nicole decided it would be a good idea to name her new doll Scarlett after her new friend.
Hugging her doll Scarlett tightly, Nicole walked back up to her hospital room and Scarlett left the hospital determined to buy more dolls.
"Over time I think there will be more little girls who get cancer so I will raise money for that too," said Milling.

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 Jaylie and Nicole. Nicole went in for surgery about an hour after this photo, she is the cutest.

 Jaylie and Breklyn standing with all the girls from the fashion show.

 Love this of Crew

 Jaylie with Scarlett (the girl who raised money and got them the dolls)

 Sweet girls so excited to get their dolls!

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